The headaches began in March. The couple didn’t think much of them — until Carrie DeKlyen began vomiting.
An initial scan showed a mass in her brain. More tests showed that it was a form of cancer, possibly lymphoma, but treatable. But a pathology exam revealed a more grim diagnosis. The 37-year-old mother of five from Wyoming, Michigan, had glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. If lucky, she could live for five more years.
The tumor was removed during surgery in April, said her husband, Nick.
Then, not even a month later, the couple received two pieces of shocking news. Carrie’s tumor was back – and she was eight weeks pregnant.
Michelle Werkema, Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via APThis Oct. 2013 family photo shows Carrie DeKlyen and husband Nick DeKlyen in Grand Rapids, Mich. Carrie DeKlyen sacrificed the chance to prolong her life to give birth to her sixth child. Doctors removed Carrie’s feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, a day after her daughter, Life Lynn, was born at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. DeKlyen chose to forgo clinical trials and chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, since it would have meant ending her pregnancy. Their daughter was born prematurely, at 24 weeks and five days into the pregnancy and weighing 1 pound, four ounces.
They had two options: They could try to prolong Carrie’s life through chemotherapy, but that meant ending her pregnancy. Or they could keep the baby, but Carrie would not live long enough to see the child.
It was a wrenching but obvious choice for the DeKlyens: They would have the child, their sixth.
Life Lynn DeKlyen was born at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 – 24 weeks into Carrie DeKylen’s pregnancy. She weighed 1 pound 4 ounces. The couple came up with her name together.
Carrie DeKlyen was buried six days later.
Then Life died as well, 14 days after she was born.
The infant’s death was announced Thursday on the couple’s Facebook page.
“It is with great sadness and a absolutely broken heart that I tell you Life Lynn passed away last night,” the post read. “Carrie is now rocking her baby girl. I have no explanation of why this happened, but I do know Jesus loves us and someday we will know why. The grief we feel is almost unbearable, please be praying for our family.”
Nick DeKlyen could not be reached for comment Thursday.
But he told The …
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